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“best sunsets ever! go for ocean front, book with owner (VRBO etc)”

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Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Lahaina
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Reviewed 28 April 2010

I was a Maui first timer and had no idea what to expect. I was totally overwhelmed by how awesome the Whaler condo was. Sure we didn't have the fancy pool you'd get at a Westin or Hyatt, but when you sat in our condo or on our lanai, it felt like we were surrounded by water on all sides (thanks to mirrored walls). You could hear the surf crashing in every room. I never wanted to leave the condo to go to the beach because it felt like we were already there. (Lucky for me since I was stuck in the condo a lot with my kids nap times.) Great soundproofing inside and outside the condo -- we could barely hear the kids waking up. Decor was a bit 1970s and pots and pan typical rental quality (costco) but we didn't mind a bit because we had the surf pounding in our ears and the sun setting directly outside our windows.
My hot tips: Go for an ocean front, not ocean view condo. World of difference to look directly out at the ocean, not at another condo block. Or if that's not available, go for any corner condo (the mountain behind Kaanapali is pretty stunning too, lots of rainbows back that way). The corners have HUGE lanais. Book directly with an owner, and if you are going in low season or at the last minute or for a long stay, try to negotiate a lower price. I thought a 2 bed 2 bath ocean front was way way out of budget, but I contacted the owner through VRBO and she cut the price by 40% since it was last minute and I wanted a 10 night stay. We were on the 3rd floor but any corner condo on any floor would probably be similarly awesome. Don't worry about not having support because you booked with an individual owner not some big company -- we had to call the Whaler maintenance a couple times (small leak, door wouldn't lock) and they always came right away and fixed the problem immediately. If you have young kids and need a crib, shop around the different rental places because their prices vary a lot. We bought a pack and play at Walmart for $70 on our way in from the airport because it was cheaper than renting. Overall after checking out all the other places to stay, I thought we'd definitely found the best!

Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2010

We have been coming to the Whaler since the first tower opened in the 70's. The best thing is the beach. I love going out the door and walking to the sand and hitting the beautiful Ocean. Although we don't spend much time in the room as we golf, zip line, whale watch, and golf some more, it is always hit or miss. Sometimes you get a room that has been remodeled but often we hit one like this time that is old and beat up. For instance this one has no screens on the door. Not a good thing in Maui. So make sure your renter or Aston gives you pictures. Aston people seem to always have a bad attitude for a happy place. I always say the fish rots from the head. What's with Hawaii and all their taxes. Triple Taxes on car rental, Taxes on golf, Taxes on massage. And what's with the local rate. That's how they get around all the tourist rip off. No wonder no one wants to come here. The place is empty. No crowds.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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AstonGM, General Manager at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2010

Aloha and thank you for speaking with me following your stay. Please accept our additional appologies for your inconveniences and are sorry that these became negative issues during your return trip to Maui. We have followed up with our team on service issues to avoid those in the future. We look forward to your return visit and personally welcoming you back in the future.

Douglas Rucker
General Manager, Aston Hotels & Resorts
808-661-6000

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Reviewed 18 April 2010

We have stayed at The Whaler about a dozen times over the past 2 decades and always had wonderful experiences. The condo's we've been in have been clean and well-maintained and the staff have been good. The ocean-front corner Lanai's are second to none on Kaanapali. We won't be back though and it's because of the new pool fence.

Many will not be bothered by the fence and for them I'd highly recommend The Whaler. For us though the fence completely changed the atmosphere around the pool. We used to be able to lay by the pool and have wonderful views of the beach, Black Rock, nearby islands, people walking by, etc. Those views, where still available, now include a LOT of aluminum. The pool area always felt connected to the beach but is now separated.

The Whaler has always been kind of understated but nice in appearance. It now has a decided 'Motel 6' feel to it. It always fit in well with other properties along Kaanapali, but now sticks out like an ugly sore thumb.

Whaler mgmt states that they were required by law to install the fence, yet no other property along Kaanapali has such a fence. Even if it was installed just to reduce insurance costs and non-guests from using the pool, they could have chosen a fence with smaller spindles of a darker color that would be less obtrusive overall and that would impact views from the pool area less. They could have chosen to do something that would fit in better with the attractive quality of the other properties along Kaanapali. They did neither. It's too bad such a small thing has ruined such a wonderful property.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

This is the best condo on Kaanapali. It is right on the beach front. The views are spectacular. We saw lots of whales right from the balcony. The furniture is nice, the appliances are high end, everything is included. It is like it is your own condo. Both bedrooms are terrific. The shower in the master bath is to die for. The price is high, but you definitely get what you pay for. I would not recommend it for little kids. This is an adult place. But, it is wonderful.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

This was our first trip to Maui and we couldn't have been more pleased with the accomodations and the complex itself. Our children loved the quick access to the beach and pool facility. This complex is close to shopping, snorkling at Blackrock, is situated on the beach and is next to the lovely boardwalk which travels the entire length of Kaanapali beach. Unlike some other resort properties located in Kaanapali, the Whaler is located on a beautiful sandy beach with no rocks. Leave your beach towels at home, the Whaler provides beach towels for you.
The rooms were very spacious and more than met our family's needs. We were situated on the ground floor facing the inner courtyard and we found that this was ideal for the kids when going to/coming from the pool and/or beach. The property has 5 gas barbeques which are situated next to the boardwalk with a view of the ocean and the beach. Due to the time of year that we were here, we were treated to daily whale displays, which were visible from the beach.
I would not hesitate to recommend this resort to any of my friends or family.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Address: 2481 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1910
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Lahaina
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Lahaina
#5 Spa Hotel in Lahaina
#7 Family Hotel in Lahaina
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Lahaina
Price Range: $434 - $945 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This exclusive luxury condominium boasts an idyllic location on Maui's famous Kaanapali Beach across from two championship golf courses and minutes from Lahaina. Each spacious unit features a full kitchen and a spectacular view. A beachfront pathway and private access allows guests easy entry to adjacent Whalers Village's 65 shops and restaurants. Please be advised of these changes to the daily resort fee at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. These changes will go into effect April 1, 2017. - Any new reservations booked for travel April 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017, will be subject to a resort fee of $17.00 plus tax per day. - On June 1, 2017, Daily Amenity Fee increases to $20. This applies to ALL reservations staying through these dates, regardless of when they booked the reservation. ... more   less 
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